Broadside No. 9 – Dean Koontz

Ahoy there me mateys!  Welcome to the ninth broadside – the Dean Koontz edition.  I started reading these books when I was a wee young’un around the age of 11.  Most people would classify him as a horror writer but in me mind his novels tend to be more sci-fi or thrillers.  He has written over 115 novels in addition to numerous novellas and graphic novels.  I have read 59 of them.  I have to admit that I be most partial to his older work.  Also the majority of his work involves standalones, which I love.  So I will be sharin’ me top five novels by this author that I re-read over and over again..

Please note: All book descriptions are taken directly from the author’s website.  The book title links lead to Goodreads.

Watchers

This book started me love of Dean Koontz books.  On one side ye have a super intelligent golden retriever and on the other a monster.  The two are linked and Travis is drawn into the mystery.  The unraveling of the secrets was awesome.  Dogs are a major theme in a lot of Koontz books and I adored the dog in this book and wished I could have him in real life..  The book blurb:

On his thirty-sixth birthday, Travis Cornell hikes into the foothills of the Santa Ana Mountains. But his path is soon blocked by a bedraggled Golden Retriever, who will let him go no further into the dark woods.

That morning, Travis had been desperate to find some happiness in his lonely, seemingly cursed life. What he finds is a friend, a dog of alarming intelligence and a threat that could only have come from the darkest corners of man’s imagination.

Lightning

This novel involves a “guardian angel” and time travel.  The book also involves a strong wonderful woman which always makes me smile.  Oh and the plot twists were awesome.  The book blurb:

In the midst of a raging blizzard, lightning struck on the night Laura Shane was born. And a mysterious blond-haired stranger showed up just in time to save her from dying.

Years later, in the wake of another storm, Laura will be saved again. For someone is watching over her. But just as lightning illuminates, darkness always follows close behind.

Fear Nothing and Seize the Night

Okay so this is two books but the both involve the character Christopher Snow and the details of the two books are intertwined in me mind such that I cannot separate the facts.  Perhaps it is time to re-read them.  These novels also contain super intelligent creatures and mysteries.  The blurb (from Goodreads):

Christopher Snow is different from all the other residents of Moonlight Bay, different from anyone you’ve ever met. For Christopher Snow has made his peace with a very rare genetic disorder shared by only one thousand other Americans, a disorder that leaves him dangerously vulnerable to light. His life is filled with the fascinating rituals of one who must embrace the dark. He knows the night as no one else ever will, ever can – the mystery, the beauty, the many terrors, and the eerie, silken rhythms of the night – for it is only at night that he is free. Until the night he witnesses a series of disturbing incidents that sweep him into a violent mystery only he can solve, a mystery that will force him to rise above all fears and confront the many-layered strangeness of Moonlight Bay and its residents.

Mr. Murder

This book is super suspenseful.  One of me favorite parts of this novel are the stories that Martin tells his daughters about Santa’s Evil Twin.  Delightful.   The book blurb:

Martin Stillwater has a vivid imagination. It charms his loving wife, delights his two little daughters, and gives him all the inspiration he needs to write his highly successful mystery novels. But maybe Martin’s imagination is a bit too vivid… One rainy afternoon, a terrifying incident makes him question his grip on reality. A stranger breaks into his house, accusing Martin of stealing his wife, his children—and his life. Claiming to be the real Martin Stillwater, the intruder threatens to take what is rightfully his. The police think he’s a figment of Martin’s imagination. But Martin and his family have no choice but to believe the stranger’s threat. And run for their lives.

But wherever they go–wherever they hide–he finds them…

Odd Thomas

This is the first book in the Odd Thomas series but the way the book ends means that it can be read as a standalone.  It is a wonderful book involving dead spirits, a fry cook in a small town, and Elvis.  There are 7 books and two novellas in this series.  I have only read 4 of the books and one novella.  Personally, while I adore Odd, I have liked each subsequent book in the series less and less.  I kinda wish I would have stopped with book one.  However I seem to be in the minority on that. The book blurb:

“The dead don’t talk. I don’t know why.” But they do try to communicate, with a short-order cook in a small desert town serving as their reluctant confidant. Odd Thomas thinks of himself as an ordinary guy, if possessed of a certain measure of talent at the Pico Mundo Grill and rapturously in love with the most beautiful girl in the world, Stormy Llewellyn. Maybe he has a gift, maybe it’s a curse, Odd has never been sure, but he tries to do his best by the silent souls who seek him out. Sometimes they want justice, and Odd’s otherworldly tips to Pico Mundo’s sympathetic police chief, Wyatt Porter, can solve a crime. Occasionally they can prevent one. But this time it’s different. A mysterious man comes to town with a voracious appetite, a filing cabinet stuffed with information on the world’s worst killers, and a pack of hyena-like shades following him wherever he goes. Who the man is and what he wants, not even Odd’s deceased informants can tell him. His most ominous clue is a page ripped from a day-by-day calendar for August 15.

Today is August 14.

In less than twenty-four hours, Pico Mundo will awaken to a day of catastrophe. As evil coils under the searing desert sun, Odd travels through the shifting prisms of his world, struggling to avert a looming cataclysm with the aid of his soul mate and an unlikely community of allies that includes the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll. His account of two shattering days when past and present, fate and destiny converge is the stuff of our worst nightmares—and a testament by which to live: sanely if not safely, with courage, humor, and a full heart that even in the darkness must persevere.

So that be me introduction to Dean Koontz.  Many of his novels have also been made into films (though I have never seen any!).  If ye haven’t read any of his novels I would suggest ye hoist those sails and get moving!

To visit his website go to:

Dean Koontz – Author

To see a complete list of all books he has written visit:

Dean Koontz – Books

To add this author or his novels to Goodreads go to:

Yer Ports for Plunder List

If ye want to see me other author broadsides:

Garth Nix – No. 1

Sharon Shinn – No. 2

John Scalzi – No. 3

Tamora Pierce – No. 4

Brandon Sanderson – No. 5

Robin McKinley – No. 6

Michael Crichton – No. 7

Mercedes Lackey – No. 8

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12 thoughts on “Broadside No. 9 – Dean Koontz

  1. I loved the Odd Thomas movie so much that I wanted to know more about it, googled it , and found out it was based on a book! I’ve only read the first and second so far.
    Sadly, the actor who played Odd passed away earlier this year. If you watch the Star Trek remake you might know him. He played the…. Russian? kid

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  2. Damn. That’s a lot of books done by Koontz, but also a lot of books read by you. I bought one of his books, in French (I didn’t know what the author’s native tongue was) but I never finished it. I am definitely interested by his books though.

    – Lashaan

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